Some of us didn't have a choice.
Also, you can not blame Toyota's paranoia in the highly litigious society we live in.
Hell, not only was my gas pedal cut down before I bought it...the factory carpet mat on the drivers side was "stapled" to the floor carpet with those plastic T thingies that are used to hang price tags on clothing.
When I saw this...I laughed so hard I almost peed myself.
Yeah, Toyota had a no-win situation - telling the truth (there is no problem and the media are a bunch of fear mongering dipshits) was not an option because people in America are (by and large, exceptions to every generalization, etc.) stupid, incapable of critical thought, and easily spooked. It's a lot easier to let CNN and Fox tell you what to think than research it yourself. Letting the media think for you allows more time for buying shit you don't need for your teenage children, updating your Facebook status, and eating at shitty chain restaurants like Olive Garden.
But I digress.
That wasn't an option because people would believe the news networks and pillory Toyota as covering up the problem.
The other option was to treat a problem that wasn't there, so they unleashed the automotive equivalent of a placebo pill: Listen, just have the techs get in there and do some nothing...fuck, file the bottom of the pedal a little bit. Idiots will think it matters and, since there's no problem anyway, they won't have a problem.
I knew better than to buy floormats from the dealer, but if they had physically bonded them to the floorboard I'd have wet my pants too.